Oscar Movies: Sin of Madelon Claudet, The (1931)

Oscar Alert

In her first, Best Actress Oscar, Helen Hayes ages on screen from a young, victimized waif to an older woman, always a plus with the Academy voters.

Helen Hayes won a second (undeserving) Supporting Actress Oscar for the trashy “Airport,” in 1970.

Oscar Context:

Hayes competed for the Best Actress Oscar with Marie Dressler in “Emma,” and Lynn Fontanne in “The Guardsman.”

It's noteworthy that all three films were made by Louis B. Mayer at MGM, Hollywood's leading studio at the time.